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Mykonos could reopen today — if only it had enough employees

mykonosbymeALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nick Kapnison hears some version of the same question every day, usually from multiple people:

“When are you going to reopen Mykonos?”

The Albuquerque businessman told the Journal on Monday that he hopes to have the newly renovated Northeast Heights Greek restaurant open by month’s end — but that’s only if he can find enough people to staff it.

Kapnison said the building itself is ready to go, having undergone a $275,000 remodel that he and business partner Jimmy Daskalos initiated when they bought the restaurant earlier this year.

But staffing has taken longer than expected. They need at least 35 employees to open the doors at 5900 Eubank NE. After three months of looking, Kapnison said he’s hired three.


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Kapnison said most of that is attributable to the company’s high standards. However, he said part of the problem is that he’s a busy business owner with several different companies. He said he will dedicate himself “100 percent” to filling out the staff starting Tuesday.

He encourages interested job candidates to visit the restaurant in person. He plans to be on site from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. starting Tuesday.

Mykonos’ planned revival has generated great interest. The restaurant had been a fixture in Albuquerque’s Mountain Run Shopping Center since 1997 but had struggled in recent years.

Kapnison and Daskalos have partnered on other large Albuquerque restaurants, including Nick & Jimmy’s and El Patron.